Adams State HPPE Department receives 25K grant from USDA

(02-13-2009)

The Adams State College Human Performance and Physical Education Department recently received a $25,000 check from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment for the Plachy Hall Human Performance Research Laboratory, in the recently renovated space.

"The faculty and students of the Human Performance and Physical Education Department are very grateful for this contribution from the USDA," said Dr. Anthony Laker, chair of the HPPE department. He said the funds will be used to help equip the Human Performance Laboratory with exercise physiology testing equipment. Students will use the equipment to learn how the body adapts to exercise and how exercise and activity can result in increased fitness and quality of life. "We also plan to involve other community groups in testing programs and original research in the area of exercise physiology."

Dolores Sanchez-Maes, USDA rural development business and community programs director, arrived on campus Wednesday, Feb. 11, to present the check to Laker, President Dave Svaldi, and Dr. Tracey Robinson, associate professor of HPPE. "Adams State is a hub for students in the San Luis Valley area and I am pleased to provide the college with funding to help purchase equipment for the Human Performance Laboratory," said Sanchez-Maes.

According to Robinson the equipment purchased with the grant will include treadmills; cycle ergometers, one specifically designed to measure anaerobic power; an electrocardiogram machine, to monitor heart rhythm and rate during exercise. She said the equipment will enable HPPE majors to learn how to fitness and exercise test individuals of differing ages, health status and activity levels.

"This newly equipped Human Performance Lab will certainly benefit both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in HPPE, allowing them hands-on practical experience they will need in their future academic and professional lives," Robinson added. "We are extremely grateful to receive the USDA grant, and thank all those individuals that helped make this happen."

Congressman John Salazar wrote a letter of support for the grant application. Svaldi said: "Adams State College is extremely grateful to the USDA and Congressman Salazar and his support for these funds during these hard times."

USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Rural Development provides financing to foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any of Colorado's six local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/co/ .